bleeding gums

What It Means When Your Gums Are Bleeding

Let us establish that bleeding gums are an indicator that something is wrong. Under no circumstances is it normal for your gums to bleed, whether it is from brushing or flossing too hard or an oral related issue, your gums should not bleed.

When you brush or floss your teeth do your gums bleed? If your answer is yes, then there is something going on with your gum health because that is an indication that your gums are inflamed from plaque build-up. Inflammation in the gum line or general region is a response to the bacteria on the surface of the teeth.

Some of the Reasons Why Your Gums are Bleeding

It is a common occurrence to sweep it under the rug and ignore, but bleeding gums could be your mouth’s way of indicating one or more of the following dental issues:

  • Traumatic Cleaning
  • Gum disease (gingivitis/periodontitis)
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Use of blood thinners of Vitamin K deficiency
  • In some extreme cases: Leukemia or Scurvy

Let us take a look at some of those issues.

Your Gums are Softer Than Your Teeth

Even a healthy mouth full of teeth can have bleeding gums every now and then which is commonly caused by your cleaning method. Traumatic cleaning can cause the gums to bleed from being treated too harshly. In order to get your pearly whites shining as brightly as possible, we can sometimes forget the soft gums. Solution:

  • Get a softer toothbrush
  • Get a less abrasive toothpaste
  • Ease up on that strong hand and consider your poor gums

If scrubbing your hardest to get your teeth clean is not working it might be permanent discolouration which can signify a deeper dental health issue.

If Your Gums are Encroaching on Your Teeth, You May Have Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused by bacterial plaque build-up; it will appear red, spongy and on most occasions be uncomfortable and if left untreated can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is the inflammation of gums around the teeth that have pulled away from the bone to create pockets. The body reacts to the action and pumps the immune system to fight the infection; your body’s enzymes and the bacteria mix together and start to break down the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place. If left untreated periodontitis can lead to tooth loss which opens up its own dental complications.

Besides bleeding gums the tell-tale signs of developing gum disease are:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in bite

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms with your bleeding gums it is more than likely the beginnings of gum disease.

Bleeding is Your Body’s Way of Saying ‘Something is Wrong’

At Tewantin Dental Centre, we want to help find out what's wrong and how to fix it. Our Noosa dentists are dedicated to providing a solution in all cases, no matter how big or small.

The reason your gums are bleeding could be the result of ill-fitting dentures or post-dental surgery. Depending on your circumstances, at Tewantin Dental Centre we will be able to get to the bottom of your bleeding gums to deliver you an easy and most effective treatment that we can offer. Remember, gums are not meant to bleed if they are healthy, if you are experiencing problems please consult one of our dentists.

For more information on proper dental hygiene, bleeding gums or to book an appointment at our Tewantin Dental Centre, please do not hesitate to contact us.